Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review - BLOW by Heidi McLaughlin

Meet the complicated men behind the sexiest boy band in America! In Blow, the start of an emotionally charged series from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, an insatiable heartthrob gets blinded by the spotlight—and learns to fight for love.

Bodhi McKnight has always had everything handed to him on a silver platter: fame, success, money, girls. The raven-haired, blue-eyed hottie is the son of Hollywood A-listers, and when he’s asked to join the boy band Virtuous Paradox, his star shoots even higher. But so do expectations, leading Bodhi down a destructive path of addiction—until a drop-dead gorgeous guardian angel shows him her sizzling brand of tough love.

When Bodhi ends up in rehab, he doesn’t expect to meet someone as cool and down-to-earth as Kimberly Gordon. Although he’s enjoyed the company of beautiful, charming women before, none of them have tried to get to know the “real” Bodhi. But Kimberly isn’t fazed by his stardom. She’d rather go horseback riding, teach Bodhi to play guitar, or ask him about his feelings. Soon Bodhi realizes he’s fallen head over heels for her. He just hopes that he’s strong enough to protect what they have from all the pressures and temptations of the outside world.

3.5 of 5 Stars

 I am a fan of Heidi's writing and when I saw she was starting a new series I was excited. Honored to be given an advanced copy to review.

Bodhi is part of the band Virtuous Paradox and he loves what he does but sometimes the stresses of stardom just get overwhelming. Strong expectations, long nights, an overbearing manager, party after party and before you know it you are looking for something to help you get through it all. These things led to the path of drug use for Bodhi and he finds himself in rehab. The more we get to know Bodhi, we discover that many of his problems stem from his childhood and growing up more than the fame. As he digs deep to look for his triggers and how to stay on the straight arrow when he gets back to the bright lights of the stage. In his early days of Rehab, Kimberly seems to be his beacon and she has him wanting to get better and stay better, be a better person. 

Kimberly has enjoyed working at her fathers side all these years. Doing what she can to help those who arrive at Serenity Springs. When she is introduced to Bodhi she is immediately drawn to him. She knows she should step back but she just can't pull away from the draw. She knows the risks if she gets involved with him. Is her job and her father's faith in her really worth it?

The closer Bodhi and Kimberly become you find yourself wondering how can it work? A rockstar from Los Angelos and a therapist from San Diego make it work? What will happen when Bodhi get back out into real life. Will Kimberly continue to be better than the drug for Bodhi?

Although I enjoyed the story, I did find myself wanting a little more focus on the drugs use and the fight to get clean. To me that part of the story seemed to be silenced a little to quickly and the focus became more about them and their feelings toward each other. I do have good hopes for the rest of the series and am eager to see how Bodhi and Kimberly make out on that tour bus. 

***Advanced copy provided in exchange for an honest review.***

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